• Released
  • March 15, 2013
  • (NY, LA; Limited Expansion 3/22)
  • PG , 1 hr 31 min
  • Animated
    Drama
100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Your kids may will fall in love with it, if you help them find it.
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80

Time Out New York

From Up on Poppy Hill — cowritten by Miyazaki, and directed by his son Goro — shows a different side of the Japanese animation house, one that finds equal wonder in comparatively mundane affairs.
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
It’s a film heavily dependent on tone and atmosphere for its charm, the budding relationship shown through things like a lovely twilight bike ride down a hill to the shops below.
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65

NPR

By Scott Tobias
It's the warm tenor of the film that ultimately rescues it.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s a lovely film, a sentimental parable that carefully recreates a post-war Japan obsessed with obliterating its past.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Poppy Hill doubtless plays most strongly to Japanese audiences — especially the musical score made up of old-timey jazz and early-’60s pop that sounds like corn syrup to Western ears — but its central conflict is gentle, unyielding, and universal. Which is to say that it turns out to be a Hayao Miyazaki movie after all.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The artistry is peaceful and comforting to the eyes but not especially stirring. Given the pictorial extremes that Studio Ghibli has gone to in the past, "Up on Poppy Hill" is weak tea.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Even with no wood sprites, witches or spells, there’s plenty of magic in this coming-of-age charmer.
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50

Slant Magazine

The story arc is somewhat facile, and its lesson about preserving history instead of demolishing it to make way for new, shiny things is too obvious.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie looks lovely, but it's luminous prose.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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